Posted: Friday, July 12, 2002

Nikiski Senior Center does it again -- grand prize parade winner

At the Nikiski Senior Center it was for the third year my challenge to design, arrange for the props and choose our senior "actors" for the production of our grand prize float, "People Are The Spirit Of Alaska."

I would like to publicly thank all who otherwise contributed to our success, our third-year grand prize winner:

Weaver Brothers, who provided their driver Ed Clark and their beautiful "Dream Come True" truck and trailer for the third year; Scott Hamilton, who loaned us his eight-foot, 350- pound carved bear; Cad Re Feed, who gave an igloo; Barbara Brinkerhoff, a bear skin rug; Mal Function Junction, a stuffed caribou; Nikiski Building Supply, which donated many different colors of paints; The Sled Shed, which provided the use of its handmade five-foot dog sled and husky; Sharon Burdick, who gave the kuspuk; and Wes Bethje, who made the wonderful totem pole which he has donated to the memorial garden.

Not last and certainly not least, thanks to David Lashley. Our float could not have been so realistic without his craftsmanship. David with his helpers Anthony Coveyou and Keith Meeks constructed the 10-foot oil rig and huge erupting volcano.

Others helping to finalize the assembly of our float were Nedra and Jim Evenson, Carol and Don Leeper, Jo Foster, Jim Harmon, Tom Holland, Burt Barr, Sherry and Tony Collinsworth, and Leigh Sanger.

Our actors were Walter Spooner, the oil derrick man; Chuck Quimby, the fisherman; Jim Evenson, the gold panner; and Nancy Delene, the Eskimo lady. Our walkers were Leigh Sanger, Nancy Aitken and Carol Leeper.

Many, many thanks again to all the above.

Janet Varvais, activity director, Nikiski Senior Center

MS bike tour raises $5,000 to help MS patients in Alaska

I would like to thank everyone who helped make the inaugural Alaska 600 MS Bike Tour a reality. Contributors donated over $5,000, and that money will stay with the Alaska Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the support of Alaska MS patients and their families. Contributions to the MS Society are tax deductible.

We were warm and dry most of the time on the ride from Fairbanks to Homer. There was some rain around Cook Inlet, but the rest of the tour, which took place June 22-28, was completed in good weather. We took lots of photos, many of which are posted at

Thanks to radio stations KSRM (920 AM) in Soldotna and KENI (650 AM) in Anchorage for their support, as well as NAPA Auto Parts of Kenai for the generous donation of emergency beacons. Thanks to the great volunteers, including Katie Bethune and Natalie Ringland, who drove support vehicles during the tour. Thanks must also be extended to Stellar Designs of Anchorage, The Northern Technology Group of Soldotna, the Chena River Recreational Site in Fairbanks and the statewide emergency services system for additional support.

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Finally, to the guys at Agrium who said Mike Bethune wouldn't make it, I'm here to tell you he certainly did. He's an animal on that bike!

Eric Noah Hart, event organizer , Alaska 600 MS Bike Tour , Kenai

Quilting on Kenai show big success

To all of the participants of Quilting on the Kenai, we thank you for sharing your talents with the community. It is exciting to see so much creativity in our area.

To all of the volunteers, we thank you so much for your hours of tireless work. We couldn't do it without you. It was a wonderful show!

Pat Reese and staff, Robin Place Fabrics, Soldotna

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